Tony Podesta — brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta — and the Podesta Group are now among the subjects of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether Russia improperly influenced the 2016 presidential election.
According to NBC News, Mueller, whose team subpoenaed the Podesta Group as well as two other Democrat-aligned public relations and lobbying firms back in August, made Podesta a subject because of the organization’s financial links to Paul Manafort and a campaign Manafort ran for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECMU).
Podesta’s firm was one of several that did work on the campaign, helping to improve Ukraine’s former pro-Russian (and pro-Vladimir Putin) leadership’s image in the West.
Sources close to Mueller’s team tell NBC that their inquiry into the Podesta Group started off as a “fact finding mission,” but quickly developed into a full-on investigation, and they are now pursuing a criminal inquiry into whether Podesta and his lobbying firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
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